Sibylle’s older sister Synne comes home from Berlin, and together with their father they drive the long way westwards to visit their grandmother. Their mother grew up there, but there are no photos of her on the walls. For Sibylle she only exists as fragments from the stories of others.
Sibylle is a novel about two sisters who feel both intimate and far apart. It is a novel about living with both what is and what isn’t. Through a brilliant, quiet stream of crystal clear sentences, Aanestad portrays a deep hole at the center of an ordinary life.
Praise for Sibylle:
“Aanestad keeps writing good, poetic prose …a beautiful story of losing someone close, in this case a mother … Aanestad’s beautiful, low-key writing make her novels distinctive and powerful, and Sibylle is no exception”
5/6 stars, Stavanger Aftenblad
“Aanestad is uncompromising when it comes to style and method, she doesn’t try to show off for the reader, but writes in a controlled way and with open senses, so that the drama reveals itself to the reader through trivial incidents. Sibylle is quite simply excellent writing.”
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